Volunteer Wildfire Services Open Day 2017

Volunteer Wildfire Services Open Day 2017

The annual Volunteer Wildfire Services Open Day is back, and the public are invited for family-orientated day where the volunteers demonstrate their fire-fighting skills and raise awareness about wildfires.

Pre-register your children HERE – https://goo.gl/forms/Suec41X0HgNoMFKh1 – to fast track the process on the day. Registration of your children will be compulsory to allow them to partake in the various activities on the day.

Please join the VWS for a FUN-FILLED FAMILY DAY as we demonstrate our fire-fighting skills and raise awareness about #wildfires (along with our base partner, TMNP)

Come and take part in the activities for all kids (adult ‘kids’ as well). There will be abseiling, snake displays, firefighting equipment, fire truck rides, tug-of-war, indoor and outdoor exhibitions, helicopters and the best dressed fire-kid competition. The thrilling helicopter and firefighting displays will be followed by an end of day foam party!

There will also be food stalls to help you keep the hunger at bay while having a great time. Also, some cool merchandise and awesome kids firefighting toys on sale.

We will only be accepting payments in cash and through Snapscan so please bring cash along or register on Snapscan by downloading the app viawww.snapscan.co.za.

Come and join us for a day of fun and awareness! See you there. Feel free to invite all your family and friends for a wonderful day out with the kids!

Post your photos on social media using #VWSOpenDay!

Venue: Newlands Forest Base, Union Ave, Newlands, Cape Town
Time: 9am to 4pm
Cost: Free entry, donations welcome

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Pottery Market in the Park

Pottery Market in the Park

Potters Market Rondebosch is one of the biggest gatherings of potters in the Western Cape, featuring over 100 potters, ceramicists and sculptors. Held twice a year on the second-last Saturday of March and November, and hosted by Ceramics Southern Africa Western Cape, this dazzling display of exquisite earthenware is happening at Rondebosch Park.

Apart from giving us an excuse to enjoy some alfresco retail therapy, what we love about the Potters Market is that you’re buying directly from source, which means that you don’t pay inflated retail prices. Food and refreshment stalls are dotted around the park, and pooches are welcome. We suggest getting there early to avoid the crowds.

Stuff that caught our eye at previous markets:

  • David Walters and his daughter Sarah Walters’ hand-thrown bowls, tea pots, mugs and jugs
  • Alessandro Pappada’s eclectic collection of functional and fantasy objets
  • Troy Seaman’s range of raku sculpture, vases and orchid pots
  • John Wilhelm’s classic oven-to-tableware handmade pottery featuring his iconic stamps.

Date: 18 November 2017

Time: 7am – 4pm

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Removal of alien vegetation at Wemmershoek Dam will help City save water and stretch supply

Removal of alien vegetation at Wemmershoek Dam will help City save water and stretch supply

From: City of Cape Town

Date: 15 November 2017

Today I visited the Wemmershoek Dam to view the progress made on removing alien vegetation in the catchment area. Alien vegetation around the dam and in the catchment areas uses a huge amount of water and clearing this vegetation will assist the city to conserve water that would have otherwise been used by these trees.

Over the last year, a City of Cape Town-appointed contractor has cut down over 50 hectares of pine trees from a city plantation used for commercial and industrial purposes. The remaining 110 hectares will be cleared over the next year. Removing these remaining plantations will improve stream flow into the dam and could secure an extra week or month worth of water supply for the city.

At Wemmershoek, the saving will be approximately 1 million litres per day when all pine trees are removed.

A process is now under way to ensure that we harvest the remaining plantation in a shorter period in order to minimize the potential loss of water. We will also be in contact with neighbouring land owners to ensure that the catchment area outside our boundary stays free of alien vegetation to secure a sustainable run-off into the Wemmershoek Dam.

This project forms part of our water resilience programme aimed at building up the city’s dam storage amid a persistent drought crisis.

This week dam storage levels declined by 1% to 36,8% and only 26,8% of that water is useable.

Collective water usage by the residents of Cape Town currently stands at 582 million litres per day. This is 82 million litres above the target usage of 500 million litres per day that we require to see the city through the drought.

We appreciate the water-saving efforts of Capetonians and I would like to thank Team Cape Town for their assistance. There are still many more residents and businesses that have to come on board to enhance our water-saving efforts. We can only make it through this drought with the help of each and every resident doing their part while the City works as fast as possible to bring additional supply online.

The City has implemented a successful vegetation control programme for more than 10 years and there are resources to continue the programme in the future.

As the City works on expediting all additional supply schemes, it is vital that water-saving by residents and businesses continues so that we can boost our joint efforts to beat the drought. Only by working together, will we ensure that we do not run out of water.

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Launch of Brunch Across 11 Countries by Alix Verrips

Launch of Brunch Across 11 Countries by Alix Verrips

Brunches to give the best celebration parties with a difference!

Human & Rousseau and Exclusive Books invite you to the launch of Brunch Across 11 Countries.

Alix Verrips will be in conversation with Susie Chatz-Anderson.

Please send your RSVP to rsvp@nb.co.za or phone 021 406 3477.

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HELPTEARS Market Day Fundraiser

HELPTEARS Market Day Fundraiser



TEARS Animal Rescue (The Emma Animal Rescue Society) is one of the Western Cape’s leading organisations; its mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home domestic animals, as well as provide veterinary services to local impoverished communities. Expenses and costs have exceeded their fund-raising initiatives, revenue from their retail outlets and current donations by their valued and appreciated supporters.

As a pro-quality of life, registered, Non-Profit Organisation, TEARS relies on the support of caring individuals and corporates to assist them in fulfilling their mission to bring relief to animals in distress, whether through intervention, education, medical assistance or rehoming.

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Champagne & Sparkling Wine Affair

Champagne & Sparkling Wine Affair

Join hosts Wine Concepts in celebrating their sixteenth year of staging this prestigious event at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands.

Porsche has come on board as a sponsor this year and will be showcasing a couple of their luxury vehicles at the event.

We will be offering numerous cuvees for tasting from premium and boutique Champagne Houses of France, and, for the first time, we will also have a selection of sparkling wines from other international producers including Spain, Italy and the UK to tantalize your taste buds.

You can expect names such as Taittinger, Billecart-Salmon, Drappier, Pol Roger, Jacquinot, Mumm, Bottega, San Leo, Freixenet, Valdo, Reguta, Acquesi, Bacio and many more.

We encourage attendees to promote the theme by dressing up to represent the country that makes their favourite bubbly, and in so doing stand a chance to win a wonderful prize for the Best Dressed Couple on the evening.

Light snacks will be served throughout the evening accompanied by live music and entertainment! Fresh oysters and artisanal chocolates will be on sale for those who care to indulge.

The Champagnes & Sparkling Wines tasted on the evening will be offered at a special discounted price and purchasers will be eligible to win a grand prize of a 2 night stay for two at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat. There will be additional prizes for lucky-draw ticket holders on the evening!

The Vineyard Hotel is offering a special stay over package for this night only. Courtyard facing rooms are R2 075 for a single and R3 080 for a double includes a 2-course dinner in The Square Restaurant on 17th November as well as a Full English breakfast on 18th November.

Venue: Vineyard Hotel, Colinton Rd, Newlands, Cape Town
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Cost: R500

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Wind, hot weather leads to decline in dam levels

Wind, hot weather leads to decline in dam levels

From: City of Cape Town

Dam storage levels are at 36.8%, with useable water at 26.8%. Collective water usage is 582 million litres, therefore 82 million litres above the required level of 500 million litres per day.

Our dam levels have declined by 1% over the past week. This could be attributed to the high winds and hot weather which contributed to evaporation. We have managed to halve Cape Town’s water usage with the help of 51% of our water users who have put tremendous efforts into saving water. We will only get through this crisis together. To make this partnership work even more effectively, I appeal to all water users, especially the 49% who are not saving water yet, to join us all as we escalate efforts to beat this drought. Your help is vital and we need you to come on board with Team Cape Town.

This summer with the heat and wind, we can expect a steady decline going forward, so continued savings are a must. We need to do more to bring our usage down while at the same time pulling out all of the stops to ensure that we implement various projects for additional water supply to help see us through to winter 2018. Additional supply goes hand in hand with further savings.

We have looked at ways to fund a first phase of water supply projects by relooking at our spend across the City to see which non-water-related projects we can temporarily postpone while protecting funds for basic and emergency services. Internally, we have made some tough decisions and we will continue to do what is in the best interests of the people of Cape Town, no matter how difficult the challenge. We will partly be funding our first seven additional water projects with this saving and reprioritised money which comprises some R2 billion. The first phase projects earmarked for these funds are the desalination plants at Monwabisi, Strandfontein, the V&A Waterfront, and Cape Town Harbour; the Atlantis and Cape Flats Aquifer projects; and the Zandvliet water recycling project make up the first seven emergency water projects of this phase.

An online toolkit has been developed with various resources for all to use to help us to drive this message. Please see our website, www.capetown.gov.za, to access material that you may require. This toolkit will be updated regularly.

For information on how to meet the daily water usage requirement, residents should please visit the water restrictions page on the City’s website: www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater and utilise our water calculator: http://bit.ly/ThinkWaterCalculatorCT

Residents can contact the City via email to water@capetown.gov.za for queries about the water pressure reduction, or to report contraventions of the water restrictions (evidence should be provided to assist the City’s enforcement efforts), or they can send an SMS to 31373.
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World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day is the primary global awareness campaign.

Date: Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Time: 08:30 – 14:00
 08:30 – 09:30 Registration and free health screening
 09:30 – 13:00 Program
 13:00 – 14:00 Join us for an interactive lunch

Program: Current challenges in diabetes
 The epidemic
 Lifestyle challenges and new behaviour
 Tools for behaviour change
 Mindful eating

Venue: Auditorium, 1st floor, Kingsbury Medical Suites,
Wilderness Road, Claremont
RSVP by 9 November: Booking is essential. For queries or to book, phone 021 674 1431 during office hours or email
olivia.carney@lifehealthcare.co.za.

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City commissions project to bring additional drinking water online from springs and Molteno Reservoir

City commissions project to bring additional drinking water online from springs and Molteno Reservoir

From: City of Cape Town

The first water from the Oranjezicht Main Springs Chamber started flowing into the Molteno Reservoir today, 8 November 2017. This is part of the City of Cape Town’s ongoing Water Resilience Programme to increase the supply of drinking water. This project will see an additional two million litres per day of safe, clean drinking water added to the City’s bulk water network.

Three springs feed into the main collection chamber in Oranjezicht, where water is collected before being conveyed via a 525m long existing pipeline to the reservoir. The water is then chlorinated to bring it in line with the South African National Standard for drinking water (SANS 241).

The project entailed refurbishing for drinking water purposes the existing but disused pipeline, which takes the water from natural springs to the Molteno Reservoir. New chlorination equipment to dose the disinfectant along the pipeline linking it to the reservoir itself has also been installed.

When the City started investigating the possibility of using these springs as additional sources of drinking water in 2014, our Scientific Services Branch found that water from some of the springs was of a very high quality.

Previously, this untreated water from the main springs collection chamber was used for irrigation at the Green Point Urban Park, Cape Town Stadium and Green Point Athletics track.

From the commencement of the City’s investigation to this point of commissioning, the cost of this project amounted to around R4,1 million.

The City is committed to doing everything it can to ensure that Cape Town has sufficient drinking water to see us through the upcoming summer months, and beyond.

Last week I also visited the Atlantis Aquifer where refurbishment work by the City’s Water and Sanitation Management Department has increased yield from this source by an additional five million litres a day.

We will continue working on a range of augmentation plans, fast-tracking processes as much as possible to bring alternative sources of drinking water online, including desalination, ground water extraction, and water reuse as we build a water-resilient Cape Town. Together with the great water-saving efforts of residents, we will make it through this unprecedented drought.

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